Fine example of the cribbage board and game counter made by H.B. Dennison c.1878. The Dennison board had wood pegs, gold and orange to match the colors of the streets on the board. This particular board did not come to me with pegs – they have gone missing at some point in the board's 135-year history – and so I have fashioned 6 pegs out of wood matchsticks. There is a compartment on the side of the board where the pegs are housed that opens when you push on one side.
One side of the board is a cribbage board, and I believe it is the earliest known example of a continuous "once around" 61-point board. Other boards of the time had parallel 30-point streets, and the game was played "up and back" – up one street, and back on the parallel street. The other side of the board is for scoring whist, casino, all-fours, and euchre.
The board measures approximately 7¼" by 3¼". At the 4 corners on each side there are smooth rounded metal beads that lift the board off the table surface. Since both sides of the board are used for scoring games, I assume that the beads exist to avoid wear to the unused side of the board from contact with the surface of the table on which the game is being played.
The board is in excellent condition for its age. The paint surfaces are clean and intact, and there are no cracks or chips.
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